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3.0 out of 5 stars Good BluRay picture quality, but I prefer the original BBC TV serial, 23 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Quatermass and the Pit (Blu-ray + DVD) [1967] (Blu-ray)
I can't really help but compare this Hammer film to the original BBC television serial... and I think the BBC serial wins. This is perhaps ironic, cos the 1950s BBC serial, despite its diligent restoration on DVD, survives in a very basic technical format - originally made on 405-line video tapes, the BBC threw those in a skip and set fire to them, and so all that survives is a grotty old film recording they made of the video for overseas sales.... wheras this 1960s Hammer film version is in full colour, widescreen, scanned at glorious high definition! But what this can't make up for is that the acting, pacing, direction and many of the special effects just aren't quite as good or atmospheric as the BBC's version. Having said that, there's a lot to enjoy in the Hammer version, including a soundtrack by electronic music pioneer Tristram Cary, and some great actors like Peter Copley and Julian Glover. And they were able to throw a bit more money at the exterior and 'crowd scenes' so that they do actually contain crowds. Nigel Kneale's story is a bit abridged in a 90 minute film compared to a 6 part serial, but the originality and imagination of his ideas are still there.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2013 09:04:28 GMT
Balls!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2013 18:14:26 GMT
feline1 says:
I'm sorry, M.Gillingwater? You want me to kick you in them?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2013 11:04:31 GMT
I'm not bothered. You clearly have no idea what you're writing about. I think you'll find, on a second and more critical viewing, that the BBC version is tired, badly acted and lacks any atmosphere. The Hammer version is far superior, except for the godawful soundtrack. Sloppy.

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Last edited by the author on 20 Mar 2013 20:44:47 GMT
feline1 says:
Tristram Cary's electronic soundtrack on the Hammer films is one of the best things about it! Meanwhile, the film of the puppet Martians in the Hammer version is almost as egregious as your grasp of good manners. COINCIDENCE???

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Last edited by the author on 20 Mar 2013 19:39:37 GMT
In the is? I apologise for the 'balls' comment. I still have no idea what your point is - if there is one. Do you watch much classic science fiction? Have you even seen what you are reviewing? You present your opinion as fact. In my opinion, Tristram Cary's work sounds like someone throwing a harpsichord full of spanners off a viaduct. It's down to individual taste, I suppose.

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feline1 says:
Yes, I watch a riduclous amount of classic science fiction. I was even lucky enough to briefly meet Tristram Cary before he died. And I know that when I die, there'll be do better way to go than strapped to a harpsichord full of spanners and flung into a viaduct. Meanwhile, the BBC serial of Quatermass & the Pit remains more atmospheric and better realised in many key scenes. One cannot *prove* this, but it is nonetheless SCIENCE FACTION.
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